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Isabelle David - Souvenirs d'Auguste Descarries (2022)

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Isabelle David - Souvenirs d'Auguste Descarries (2022)

Isabelle David - Souvenirs d'Auguste Descarries (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 55:59 | 175 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Leaf Music

Montreal pianist Isabelle David's debut solo album includes 14 works from pianist and composer Auguste Descarries. Two of these are previously unreleased contributions to Quebec piano literature. Decarries holds a special place in Ms. David's musical background, as her maternal grandmother was one of the students who benefited from his teaching. This special link and the discovery of the composer's manuscripts led Ms. David to pursue a doctorate in music performance, where she devoted four years of research to Descarries's piano works. She writes: "This album is the culmination of all the work undertaken in the past few years. It is part of an endeavor shared with other musicians and music lovers who wish to raise the profile of Auguste Descarries's great piano legacy. I trust that you will enjoy the composer's unreleased pieces, whose opus makes a very original contribution to the piano literature of Quebec. Happy listening!"

Jean-Nicolas Diatkine - Franz Liszt - Piano transcriptions of Schubert and Wagner (2022)

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Jean-Nicolas Diatkine - Franz Liszt - Piano transcriptions of Schubert and Wagner (2022)

Jean-Nicolas Diatkine - Franz Liszt - Piano transcriptions of Schubert and Wagner (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:15:13 | 207 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Solo Musica

Some of Jean-Nicolas Diatkine's singer friends have ended their careers, but their magic is irreplaceable in his eyes, or rather in his ears. He misses them, just as he misses the Schubert, Schumann and Brahms songs they sang. Well, there is only one person who can compensate for this loss, and his name is Franz Liszt. The main aim of transcriptions was to make orchestral works known to a wider audience, at a time when there were far fewer orchestras, and public access to symphony concerts was very limited. But Liszt gives transcriptions a new meaning: he puts the orchestra into the piano, since his style is particularly suited to outsized extravagance. Thus he opens up unprecedented pianistic possibilities, where virtuosity is no longer mere exhibitionism but rather transformed into the art of illusion. His arrangements of Wagner are so convincing that they become his own personal creations.Laurent Bessières, piano tuner at the Paris Philharmonic, suggested for this recording a Schiedmayer piano of 1916 made in Stuttgart, which he had completely rebuilt in collaboration with Antoine Letessier-Salmon, director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and Stephen Paulello, piano maker and inventor of the strings that bear his name. This instrument has almost never been used in concert, however excellent work by Laurent Bessières convinced us to try it out in this very special repertoire.

Arabella Quartet - Saint-Georges: 6 Quartetto concertans (2022)

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Arabella Quartet - Saint-Georges: 6 Quartetto concertans (2022)

Arabella Quartet - Saint-Georges: 6 Quartetto concertans (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 269 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:52:39
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

A brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges might well lay claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. The string quartet was still in its infancy in France in the 1770s, but while these pieces are small in scale they are exceptionally rewarding. Saint-Georges appreciated the intimate nature of this genre, avoiding overt soloistic virtuosity and exploring chamber music timbres, amply demonstrating his rich lyrical gifts and a natural ability to delight performers and audiences alike.

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Dresdner Philharmonie & Daniel Oren - Verdi: La traviata (2022)

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Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Dresdner Philharmonie & Daniel Oren - Verdi: La traviata (2022)

Lisette Oropesa, René Barbera, Lester Lynch, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Dresdner Philharmonie & Daniel Oren - Verdi: La traviata (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 526 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 321 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:14:56
Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone

The Dresdner Philharmonie, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden and conductor Daniel Oren present Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata, together with a stellar cast including René Barbera as Alfredo, Lester Lynch as Germont, and world star soprano Lisette Oropesa as Violetta.

Sarah Maria Sun - Folk Songs (2022)

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Sarah Maria Sun - Folk Songs (2022)

Sarah Maria Sun - Folk Songs (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 55:56 | 219 / 127 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Blaser Music

The decades between the two world wars witnessed vast changes in the way folksongs and other music of proud and disappearing populations and traditions were captured. From the beginning of the century Cecil Sharp (his ideology and motivation much criticized in later decades) had been passionate about the musical and folkloric value of folksong, which he notated on his extended forages through English villages and, during the First World War, Appalachia. Yet the advances in recording technology in the 1920s made Sharp’s pencil and field notebook, his staunchly diatonic framework and proto nationalism, seem old fashioned and undesirable. Others differently motivated signed up to this new discipline – in Truro, Somerset, Mississippi, the Carpathian Basin and beyond – with nascent recording technology their ally. In so doing they etched and forever altered the sound of the twentieth century.

Joyce El-Khoury, The Halle, Carlo Rizzi - Echo (2017)

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Joyce El-Khoury, The Halle, Carlo Rizzi - Echo (2017)

Joyce El-Khoury, The Hallé, Carlo Rizzi - Écho (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Opera Rara | # ORR252 | Time: 01:19:12

The magnificent Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury's debut recital album. Featuring Michael Spyres with Conductor Carlo Rizzi and The Hallé. Born in Lebanon and raised in Canada, Joyce El-Khoury studied in Ottawa and Philadelphia before graduating from the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Today she is one of the brightest young stars in the opera world, recently receiving universal acclaim for her landmark performance of Violetta in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Écho features music associated with the great 19th Century soprano Julie Dorus-Gras, including arias by Berlioz, Donizetti, Meyerbeer and Weber and features a duet with her co-star from Opera Rara's award-winning recording of Les Martyrs, Michael Spyres.

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra & Dario Salvi - Suppé: Mozart – Incidental Music (2022)

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Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra & Dario Salvi - Suppé: Mozart – Incidental Music (2022)

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra & Dario Salvi - Suppé: Mozart – Incidental Music (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 222 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:57:38
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Universally famous for his glorious overtures Light Cavalry and Poet and Peasant (Naxos 8.553935), Franz von Suppé was one of the greatest exponents of the golden Age of Viennese Operetta. But he was also a master of incidental music for popular plays, one of which is Mozart – an example of Künstler-Lebensbild (‘life portrait of an artist’). Suppé’s music subtly accompanies the stage action as the story of the composition of Mozart’s music unfolds, offering a potpourri of Mozart’s works served up with Suppé’s trademark flair. Die Afrikareise presents a piquant and brilliant travelogue.

Giulio Tampalini - Einaudi - morricone (2022)

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Giulio Tampalini - Einaudi - morricone (2022)

Giulio Tampalini - Einaudi - morricone (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 56:18 | 227 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Movimento Classical / Fuori Rotta Music

Giulio Tampalini has been hailed internationally as one of the most popular and charismatic classical guitarists, and as such he tours regularly and extensively in his country and abroad (La Fenice Opera Theatre Venice, Rome Parco della Musica, Shubert Theatre Tremont Boston U.S.A., Teatro Renascença Porto Alegre Brazil, Ithaca College New York U.S.A., Qintai Grand Theatre Wuhan China, Cearte Arts Centre Baja California Mexico, Muhsin Ertuğrul Theatre Istanbul Turkey, Safadi Foundation Lebanon, Nadine Chaudier Thetare Avignon France, Musée international de la Croix-Rouge Geneve Switzerland, Salle Jacques Huisman Théâtre National Bruxelles Belgium).

Capella Savaria & Zsolt Kalló - Michael Haydn, Violin & Flute Concertos (2022)

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Capella Savaria & Zsolt Kalló - Michael Haydn, Violin & Flute Concertos (2022)

Capella Savaria & Zsolt Kalló - Michael Haydn, Violin & Flute Concertos (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:13:39 | 316 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Hungaroton

Michael Haydn was a great composer — just not as great as his older brother Franz Joseph. The two were both highly regarded during their lifetimes. But over time Franz Joseph’s popularity completely eclipsed Michael’s.To be fair, choral music was Michael Haydn’s forte. But his relatively few orchestral works are more than historical curiosities. One of his string quartets, for example, was misattributed to Franz Joseph. And for years, Michael Haydn’s Symphony No. 25 was credited to Mozart.The Capella Savria present four of Michael Haydn’s concertos. These include his two flute concertos and two of three violin concertos. Haydn composed the works in Salzburg, where he was a friend of the Mozarts.The concertos bear some similarities to Leopold Mozart’s style. The melodic phrases are balanced and clearly defined. The solo parts require a high degree of skill to play. But they’re not especially flashy. The elegance of expression tempers the technical challenges.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 157 min | 4,29 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: VAI | Sub: English | Recorded: 1984

It would have been better, of course, if this 1984 production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, or at least its title role, had been filmed 20 years earlier, when Joan Sutherland's voice was in its spectacular prime. But like her Canadian Opera Norma, dating from 1981, this is a better-late-than-never documentation of one of the most remarkable voices of the 20th century.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Sonetti del Petrarca (2015)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Ivari Ilja (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 196 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1277-2 | Time: 00:58:53

GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - December 2015. Ondine’s fourth release together with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky features a program of sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) and Franz Liszt (1811–1886). Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longstanding duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja.

Roberto Plano - Bedrich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

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Roberto Plano - Bedrich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

Roberto Plano - Bedřich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94788 | Time: 01:16:39

This will be quite a discovery for those who know the music of Bedrich Smetana only through his grand and nationalistic cycle of tone-poems, Ma Vlast, even if they are yet familiar with his more painfully intimate string quartets or his folkloristic operas. For Smetana, like most composers, needed to eat; and to do so he was happy to make his own contribution towards satisfying the seemingly insatiable appetite of the bourgeois 19th-century public for piano music that they could perform at home. Music of no great difficulty but boundless charm, these miniatures are now seldom heard and even less often recorded, and this is a shame, for works such as the Op.3 Characteristic Pieces show how the pianistic extroversion of Brahms and Liszt (who was a great admirer and supporter of the young Smetana, giving him valuable introductions to publishers) could be adapted to a domestic context, and with the particular inflection of Czech and Bohemian character, derived not only from simple and song-like melodies but also irregularly stressed dance-rhythms that the young Italian pianist Roberto Plano relishes to the full on this welcome new survey.

Riccardo Chailly, RSO Berlin und Chor - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1984)

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Riccardo Chailly, RSO Berlin und Chor - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1984)

Riccardo Chailly, RSO Berlin und Chor - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 59:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 411 702-2 | Recorded: 1983

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century. The name has Latin roots – 'Carmina' means 'songs', while 'Burana' is the Latinised form of Beuren, the name of the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuren in Bavaria. So, Carmina Burana translates as Songs Of Beuren, and refers to a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems that was discovered in Beuren in 1803 – although it has since been established that the collection originated from Seckau Abbey, Austria – and is now housed in the Bavarian State Library.

Gilda Buttà, Luca Pincini & Paolo Zampini - Absolutely... Morricone I (2022)

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Gilda Buttà, Luca Pincini & Paolo Zampini - Absolutely... Morricone I (2022)

Gilda Buttà, Luca Pincini, Paolo Zampini - Absolutely… Morricone I: Original Arrangements and Music for Cello, Flute and Piano (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 212 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:17
Classical | Label: Da Vinci Classics

For a long time, Ennio Morricone (1928-2020) kept the two main fields of his compositional activity neatly separated. First, there was film music: this was undoubtedly the best known and also the most abundant of the two. His artistic partnerships with directors such as Sergio Leone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuliano Montaldo, Elio Petri, and Gillo Pontecorvo marked the history of film music. However, the directors with whom he cooperated, also on the international stage, are very numerous, including Brian De Palma and Quentin Tarantino. His film music comprises nearly 500 scores: a record quantity, reached over the course of more than five decades, and crowned by three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, five BAFTAs, a Grammy and countless other awards.

Eugenio Catone - Shostakovich: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2022)

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Eugenio Catone - Shostakovich: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2022)

Eugenio Catone - Shostakovich: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 150 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:51
Classical | Label: Stradivarius

The two Sonatas play a major role among Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano pieces. Given the great “historical awareness” shown by the composer right from the start and his inevitable respect for the sonata genre, they can rightly be considered as symbols of two distinct creative phases, from the comparison of which it is possible to appreciate the stylistic development of his language. Composed seventeen years apart from each other, the two sonatas seem to have developed with diametrically opposed premises and results: the first one is fierce, dense and atonal; the second one is meditative, rhetorical and calm.